The New Reality
The transformation of our work lives means more autonomy for workers and mixing business with pleasure. While many of us were able to work remotely, some of us became even more tethered due to the circumstances. The new age brings autonomy, but it also brings terms and conditions.
Workers are now free to determine their workspaces and be productive on ‘negotiated / new terms’. They can now work from their homes or from any corner of the world.
While many of us were able to make the transition to work from home successfully, there are many workers who were not as lucky. Their line of work kept them working in factories and offices.
Work no longer is worship, but a way to support other dreams. People are taking vacations while working. When you have the freedom to choose, why not go for a hike in the morning and have a meeting over lunch while you sit by a river.
Self Driven*conditions apply
We may be autonomous beings, but our autonomy is connected to technology. We need technology to stay in touch and make a living. Our autonomy in relation to our places of work is also bound by an unspoken contract based on us consenting to use technology.
While the times ahead promise autonomy to most of us, it remains to be seen how companies and society respond to this new reality.
But whether we can truly operate as autonomous beings in a hyperconnected age remains to be seen. There is also bound to be resistance from those who benefit from our lack of autonomy. Nevertheless, the prospect of freedom is enticing.